At the Pink Thursday lunches, sponsored by Riley Hospital, there are plenty of smiles and laughs but also serious questions about breast cancer.
Thursday's visit to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office at NAS Meridian was no different.
The ladies wanted to know when females should begin getting mammograms, and when they should start conducting self breast exams.
The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammogram screenings for average-risk women, ages 40 and older, and those twenty years or older should conduct self breast exams every month.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Riley is promoting early detection and prevention.
Antoinette Simmons signed up for her office to get the free lunch and educational seminar because, with this many women working together, the reminder is greatly needed.
"I work with a group of ladies. I think it's important to be informed and to get information," said Simmons. "The lunch was just a perk at the end. I really appreciate the information."
For several women working in MWR, breast cancer is personal.
Beth Farrell was diagnosed with cancer at age 29; her mother died from the disease. Beth has been cancer-free for many years, and now her main concern is educating her daughter, who is at high risk for developing breast cancer.
"I just try to stress to her the importance of it, to get the mammogram, because of the history we have in our family," said Farrell.
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